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2023 Lecture Series: Frontlines of Archaeology

2023 Lecture Series

NHMU is pleased to present the 2023 Lecture Series, Frontlines of Archaeology, presented in conjunction with our special exhibition Angkor: Empire of CambodiaRegistration is required for all lectures and links with registration details for each speaker are available at the bottom of this page.  

Frontlines of Archaeology

The human desire to explore our past reveals insights into our present and future. From caves inhabited by early humans to the grand cities of Angkor, the world is filled with mysteries of our ancestors that continue to captivate our imaginations and illuminate our world. For the 2023 Lecture Series, we invite you to explore the Frontlines of Archaeology with four intrepid explorers whose fascination and research of the past have unearthed incredible insights into human history.


Tickets are free for all lectures except the keynote, and online registration is required for all. Please note that locations differ for each lecture, and Dr. Alison Carter will speak twice at two separate locations.

Inspiration for the 2023 Theme 

The special exhibition Angkor: Empire of Cambodia inspires this year’s lecture series and will take you on a journey of scientific inquiry into one of the greatest civilizations of the past. Today Angkor is a cultural treasure to the Khmer people and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Angkor is a living heritage site and home to numerous significant religious monuments and temples, which attracts over two million tourists every year. See the exhibit at NHMU now through April 23.

Upcoming Events

Jason Felch
February 21, 2023 - 7:00pm
Jason Felch, an author, award-winning investigator and expert on the black market in looted antiquities, will present "Chasing Shiva: The Hunt for Looted South and Southeast...
March 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
Dr. Rick Paine will present "Doomed by Success: Innovation, Growth, and Climate Change at Angkor and Tikal" at 7 p.m. on March 7 at The Salt Lake City Library.
Allison Carter
March 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Dr. Alison Carter will present "Looking Beyond the Temples: The People of Angkor." at 7 p.m. on March 20 at the Viridian Center in West Jordan.
Allison Carter
March 21, 2023 - 7:00pm
Dr. Alison Carter will present "Looking Beyond the Temples: The People of Angkor." at 7 p.m. on March 21 at NHMU.
Ella Al-Shamahi
April 4, 2023 - 7:00pm
Ella Al-Shamahi will present the keynote talk "Exploring Dangerous Places" at 7 p.m. on April 4 at Kingsbury Hall.

Founding Underwriter
R. Harold Burton Foundation

Cultural Vision Fund

Gold Sponsors
The M Lazy M Foundation
Rio Tinto Kennecott

Silver Sponsors
The DiFiore Family Foundation
Frog Bench Farms | Paula and Joe Sargetakis
The Nature Conservancy
Wolf Clark Foundation

Community Partners

The County Library | Viridian Event Center
Kingsbury Hall
Liberty Heights Fresh

Institutional Support
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks